Deal Angling Club has it's own club house as well as renting a cabin on the lower deck of the pier for the sole use of its members. The cabin has washing facilities and is a great place to make a cup of tea! The club runs over 60 competitions a year so there is always another to enter around the corner if you do miss one. No mean feat by any standards. It is a well supported club and rightly so.
The Deal Angling Club was actually formed in 1919 so no guessing where the name came from! Just take a stroll along the sea front heading north away from the pier and you will soon find it, very near the local Rowing Club.
Because of the second world war the club ceased to exist, but it was reformed in 1946 with just a handful of people and funds totaling three shillings and ten and a half pence, which is about seventeen and a half pence in what we now call 'today's money'! How times have changed.
The club is very successfully run, it has it's own fully licensed club house on the sea front, catering for around 800 senior members and 120 juniors.
The Annual Fishing Festivals are always well supported and every kind of angler is catered for. The competitions have covered boat, beach and pier angling. The two day boat festival last year was well supported with teams from all over the country and even teams from Holland and Belgium took part.
The 2010 Deal Angling Club Annual Pier and Beach Festival was combined with the Christmas Competition, so apart from the 17 Trophies and prizes, the top 20 aggregate weights received turkeys and the top 3 won Christmas Hampers together with the optional cash pools. The club rents a cabin on the bottom deck of the pier, this cabin is available for club members use only, with running water for washing and a pay-meter for lighting and tea making facilities. On application and presentation of their membership card anglers may purchase a key from 'The Focsle' tackle shop which can be found at 33 Beach Street in Deal, in other words right along the sea front!
The Junior section is run for both boys and girls under the age of 16. Pier Competitions are held every month under the full supervision of an adult. There are annual Junior Pier Festivals in which there are lots of trophies and prizes to be won. Of course the older members are always there to help and advise but we can all learn off each other and it's no suprise that we often learn new tricks from the younger members themselves! Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
Deal angling club even organises the British Open Fishing Competition, this year it takes place on the 16th October, 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
The club itself can be hired for private functions, such as weddings, engagements, anniversaries or any other kind of celebration. Deal Angling Club has seating for 70 people, has a fully stocked bar and bar staff, kitchen facilities, cloak room and toilets and also a stage with a dance area, it is centrally heated. Free parking is available on the sea front with disabled parking right across the road from the club house which I use myself.
If you fancy a bit of fishing in another country then Deal Angling Club is the club to join! The club organise annual fishing trips to Belgium and Holland. Usually in May each year a group of anglers and their friends go to Ostende to fish against four Belgium Angling Clubs and their full International Boat Team.
August Bank Holiday normally sees the club go for a long weekend to Vlissingen in Holland, travelling on the Thursday and returning on Sunday.
Contact details are:
Deal Angling Club (1919)
13 The Marina
Tel: (01304) 363968 or 361248
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